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Ruth First Scholar Seminars

Ruth First Scholar Seminars

In partnership with St Aidan’s College, Durham University

Photo Sicelo speaking

Sicelo Ngwenya

15 June 2023

“Under Siege: Confronting Digital Authoritarianism in Southern Africa”

Sicelo, the 2022-23 Scholar, spoke about digital rights, threats to online freedom of expression by authoritarian governments, strategies of resistance, and ways to foster regional cooperation and collaboration among civil society, activists, and organizations working to protect digital rights and online expression.

Shamiso Zamba and Pearson Nkhoma

22 June 2022

Photos Shamiso and Pearson

“Being a pharmacist in rural Zimbabwe: A supply chain & logistics perspective” and “Malawi’s Third Republic and the betrayal of the girl child”

Shamiso’s presentationPearson’s presentation

Shamiso (the 2021-22 Ruth First Scholar) spoke about her achievements, continuing challenges and future opportunities as a pharmacist in a rural community in eastern Zimbabwe. Pearson (the 2011-12 Scholar) spoke about the failure to safeguard the rights of girl children in the face of political change in Malawi.

Debra Sithole

18 June 2020

“Within Living Memory: Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memorialisation in Zimbabwe”

In an online presentation, the 2019-20 Ruth First Scholar talked about her research on demands for justice following the Gukurahundi massacres in post-independence Zimbabwe, focusing on narratives of memory and commemoration, especially in digital forms

Debra’s presentation

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Faith Chipuriro

21 June 2019

“Transforming education and survival skills in rural Zimbabwe through mobile learning”

Achieving universal primary education is hampered by shortages of motivated, experienced, qualified teachers and educational resources. In this seminar the 2018-19 Ruth First Scholar shared her insights into the use of mobile technologies to support the development of primary education in rural Zimbabwe.

Paul Chiwaya

7 June 2018

“The Plight of Malawian Youth: Seeking Solutions”

73% of Malawi’s population is aged below 30. Young people represent rich assets with the potential to support Malawi’s socio-economic development. But a critical look at the status of young people in Malawi reveals their potential is not being realised. In this seminar the 2017-18 Ruth First Scholar identified challenges faced by young people in Malawi and proposed some solutions.

Chipo Sana

21 June 2017

“Social disorganisation and youth justice in Zimbabwe: the role of restorative justice”

On average five children are placed in a police lockup every day in Zimbabwe. Since January 2012, over 150 children have spent at least two days ina police lockup for being deemed uncontrollable or in need of care and protection. Over 40% of children in remand and correctional institutions are locked up for non-violent offences. In this seminar the 2016-17 Ruth First Scholar analysed the youth justice crisis in her country and emphasised the need to “lift up, not lock up, our children”.

Dave Namusanya and Pearson Nkhoma

11 June 2015

“Building resilient communities: Emerging forms of activism in Malawi”

The 2014-15 Ruth First Scholar, Dave Mankhokwe Namusanya, talked about “21st-Century activism: New and social media as tools for political activism in Malawi”. The 2011-12 Ruth First Scholar, Pearson Nkhoma, back in Durham to do a PhD, spoke about “Activism and policy change: The case of the new marriage law in Malawi”.

Updated June 2023 Mike Thompson
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